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Sprott rules out retirement following Hammer blow

Phil Jay 29/03/2016

ECB

British veteran Michael Sprott has confirmed to WBN that he has no plans to hang up his gloves despite a fourth straight knockout defeat at the hands of Christian Hammer last week.

The 41 year-old has also been halted in the first session in three of those fights, against compatriot Anthony Joshua, Frenchman Carlos Takam and Hammer to make is 26 losses from his 68 bouts.

Sprott’s last victory came back in June 2014 when the Reading man defeated Anthony Nansen in the New Zealand Super 8 Tournament in Auckland. Sprott banked a tidy sum for his efforts that night and the three-round specialist aims to celebrate another good night or two before stepping into training fighters.

“I’m going to carry on to get a few wins and then retire to become a personal trainer and boxing coach. There are still fights out there for me and I will be back in the ring soon,” Sprott told World Boxing News.

“I’ve got a GBA licence so I won’t be fighting in the UK and I have 45 days to wait until I can get back to fighting after last week.

“Saying that, I’ll probably be finishing by the end of this year. I just want to finish on top before I go,” he added.

The last time Sprott won a fight that was scheduled for more than a trilogy of sessions was his shock win over Edmund Gerber via majority ten-round decision in 2012.

Eleven losses since 2011 tell their own story though and may mean the Brit could find it tough to add many more wins to his total of 42.